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General Information

What is a thread count?

This is the total number of vertical (warp) and horizontal (weft) threads in one square inch.

What are the benefits of having Egyptian cotton over other types of cotton?

Our Egyptian cotton is made from ELS (extra long staple) cotton which is more durable and stronger than short staple cottons, it is hand picked and rolled in cotton gins preventing damage to the fibres, it is one of the finest grades of cotton in the world and will become softer after each wash.

What is the most popular fabric?

Our 1000, 650 and 570 thread count pure Egyptian cotton sateens are our best selling and most popular fabrics. Our 570tc referred to as 'Classic Plain' it is made using a double twisted yarn making it extra durable, long lasting but also extremely luxurious and easy to iron and care for, your linens will become softer after each wash.

What is a tog rating, with reference to duvets?

In technical terms, tog ratings measure thermal resistance. This in effect refers to how good an item is at keeping you warm on a cold night. Duvets with a higher tog value are more suited to colder winter nights whereas low tog values are usually best for warmer summer nights.

What is GSM when referring to towels?

The weight of a towel is measured by the GSM (Grams per Square Metre). Low GSM (300-400) towels are light and thin whilst high GSM (500-700) towels are thicker and heavier. For all towels a GSM higher than 500 will provide a soft and absorbent towel. Typically, the higher the GSM, the better performance you will have from the towel.

Bed Linen Sizes

We make all our bed linens to order and therefore can make any size you require, the following are UK standard sizes:

Bed Sizes

Single - 3ft x 6ft 3" = 90 x 190cm

Double - 4ft 6" x 6ft 3" = 137 x 190cm

King - 5ft x 6ft 6" = 150 x 200cm

Superking - 6ft x 6ft 6" = 180 x 200cm

Emperor 1 - 6ft 6" x 6ft 6" = 200 x 200cm

Emperor 2 - 7ft x 7ft = 213 x 213cm

Duvet Covers

Single - 54" x 79" = 135 x 200cm

Double - 79" x 79" = 200 x 200cm

King - 91" x 87" = 230 x 220cm

Superking - 102" x 87" = 260 x 220cm

Emperor - 114" x 91" = 290 x 230cm

Flat Top Sheets

Single - 71" x 106" = 180 x 270cm

Double - 91" x 106" = 230 x 270cm

King - 108" x 106" = 275 x 270cm

Superking - 118" x 106" = 300 x 270cm

Emperor 1 - 124" x 106" = 315 x 270cm

Emperor 2 - 130" x 112" = 330 x 285cm

Pillowcases

Standard - 20" x 30" = 50 x 75cm

King - 20" x 36" = 50 x 90cm

Continental - 26" x 26" = 65 x 65cm

Small - 12" x 18" - 30 x 45cm

Care Instructions

Your linens will last for years if they are well cared for. Proper cleaning and storage will prolong the life of textiles, and ensure that your linens retain their heirloom quality.

 

Washing

 

Machine wash in warm (not hot) water on a gentle cycle. You may use any mild detergent or soap. Use enzyme reactive stain removers only. Do not use chlorine, bleach, stain removers or detergents with lighteners. Never pour detergent or soap directly on your textiles. Either pour it in when the tub is full or dilute it.

 

Fabric Conditioner

 

Do not use fabric softeners. These only coat the fibers and make them "appear" to be soft. Use one cup of white vinegar in the rinse water to remove any traces of soap and leave fabrics smelling fresh.

 

Tumble drying

 

The ideal way to dry textiles is air only. A line or rod is perfect, but you can use a railing or shower rod as well. If you must use a dryer, use the lowest setting and never, never dry completely. During the last few minutes of a dryer cycle the fabric overheats and dries out, making it brittle and lifeless over time. Always remove them from the dryer while still damp.

 

Ironing

 

This is an ideal time to press them, but if that is not possible, let them air dry. (You can also "store" laundered linens in a plastic bag in the refrigerator or freezer before air drying or pressing.) You can even air dry sheeting by throwing them over a bed. If you smooth the wrinkles out at this point, the pressing becomes even easier.

 

Embroidery / Monograms

 

Press on the underside, using a well-padded ironing board and a clean iron. Do not press in creases because this will also cause wear over time. When pressing monograms or embellishments, place face down on a terry towel so that the decoration will "pop" out.

 

Finally, simply fold them neatly. One of the more gratifying things to have in the home is a beautiful linen closet. Never store sheeting in plastic. If you must cover them, use an old piece of sheeting or pillow case. Storage should be dry and away from light with some air circulation.

 

Table Linens – follow the instructions for bed linen.

 

Wine Stains

 

If wine is spilled, immediately splash seltzer water on the spot and place a dry towel underneath it.

 

Food Stains

 

For food stains, not much can be done until after the meal. When the meal is finished, "spot" the stains with diluted mild detergent and fill the washing machine with warm water. Now let them soak all night long. In the morning, turn the machine on and this usually will take care of it. If you still have a problem, then soak another 24 hours in enzyme reactive stain removers. Dry and press.

 

Removing wax

 

For candle wax, scrape off as much as you can only when it is hard. Place a brown paper bag over the wax and iron on top of this, changing positions frequently until all wax is absorbed. You should then "spot" that place with diluted detergent and follow the soaking instructions above.

 

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Table Linen Sizes

Table Linen Sizes

Tablecloths are made to measure for your table size with your preferred drop. The standard drop for a dining table is 14" (35cm) but it is best to sit at the table and measure the drop you would like.

Napkins are usually made 50x50cm or 56x56cm but can be made to your specification. They can be plain hemmed, hemstitched in self or contrasting colour, piped, embroidered or scalloped.

Placemats are usually made 36x51cm or 30x45cm but can be made to your specification with a finishing style to match the napkins above.

Blending the finest materials, creativity, skilled craftsmanship and meticulous attention to detail, for discerning clients who demand and expect the very best.

 

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